EV Makers Looking to Startups for Innovation As Logistics Supply Providers Lag Behind in Technology; EV Issues Similar to ICE Vehicles; Safety & Power of Batteries Expensive;

This report from an internationally known & respected publisher-editor spells out the current position of global logistics.
While Technology is very important it seems that all logistics companies are quite behind on technology.
The content of this report should cause global logistics management to have a wake up call.

Have the U.S. Tech Companies Let America Down? Where’s the Innovation & Global Leadership? Dropped the ball? Techs Seem to Focus on Making Money, Audience Size, & Not the Future .

U.S. Tech Companies are allowing China is gain Tech advantage.
Eric Schmidt, former Google leader, says we, the U.S. or they “dropped” the ball.
Companies have not funded basic research & are focused on their size, market, and regulation.
U.S. must allocate and provide more funding for more technology.
Allow international talent with high skills into the country.
Stop blocking Chinese tech companies

Be a Master Communicator: 3 PowerPoint Lessons From Andrew Cuomo on How to make Briefings & Presentations Grab & Impact

Being an effective communicator on all platforms and formats is a must in this time of disruption and survival.
This goes for even the email & text we send but really important on Zoom and on the phone.
You may have seen and followed daily the impactful presentations Andrew Cuomo made during the pandemic crisis in New York
Here are three of the basic guidelines that Cuomo mobilized to hold, inform, and even dazzle us each day of his reporting.

Cold Crunch is Coming. ACs are stretched to Limits; Need to Transition to More Efficient Electricity Grid Using Solar & Wind Before More Climate Change.

Not cool. Air Conditioners do not seem to be able to keep up with rising temperatures and climate change.
Air conditioners are contributing to rolling blackouts as use of Solar & Wind increases.
There is a serious lack of electric power generation on the grid causing concern.
Use of solar & wind will steadily reduces indirect greenhouse-gas emissions generated by air-conditioning units.
Developing smart grids could help electricity systems deal with the peaked demand.

McConnell Rides in With Substitute Legislation for HR 1754 Proposing Independent Horse Racing integrity & Safety Authority & Provisions.

Will there ever be any national legislation to reform horse racing?
McConnell just re-intro’d SB 1820 as new Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act.
Apparently, the sponsors of HR 1754 in the House are on board with new proposed act.
Proposes an independent Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Authority.
Governed by a nine-member board- Non-racing people, owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, tracks, veterinarians & state racing commissions.
Appears Senate bill has less restrictive provisions than HR 1754 reflecting Churchill Downs and McConnell contributor concerns.

B Corp Certification Seeks to Fill Need for an Organization & Process to Gain Corporate Commitment to Environmental, Social, & Governance Objectives

A B Corp seeks to use a business model as a force for good including reform of Capitalism.
Objectives take into account  & prioritizes the needs of employees as stakeholders.
B Corp companies recognize the combined purpose & profit considerations.
The success of bringing large corporations into the B Corp Movement gave the certification credibility and acknowledgement of effort to do good.

Women of Color Automotive Network Formed To Do Something to Get Male Dominated Industry Talking & Acting on Race, Women Empowerment, & Gender Imbalance

The auto industry has and still is finding it difficult to deal with issues of women & race.
Women of color and women in general continue to struggle for empowerment & identity in the Automotive Industry.
There is still an imbalance in industry leadership, management, and ownership.
Highest ranked women of color in the industry leaving GM dramatizes the need for nonwhite women to lift themselves up & find open doors

Agility Robot Delivering Package

Rivaling Robots: Spot & Fluffy to Build Ford Cars Without Joining UAW; While Competitor’s, Digi, Delivers Packages the Last Mile Out of Robot-Built Ford Vans.

No Robots in the UAW Yet But Robots are paying their dues.
Robots at Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission Plant are performing tasks that point to future of automation & hopes of saving money.
Agility Inc’s robot, Digi, is then delivering packages out of a Ford van built by Boston Dynamics Two Robots.
Distributing and delivering goods is likely to be an important application for walking robots.

How Men Talk to Women: Use of Gendered Language Perpetuates Major Obstacle for Women to Lead in the Workplace

You talking to me? The way men and women talk to each other is a problem & a challenge.
The use of gendered language by males perpetuates workplaces that favor men.
This language needs to change because the needs of those who use it have changed.
Using gender inclusive language like “they” instead of “he” or “her” is a major step toward inclusion

Recycling Plastics Challenged by Constraints of Pricing, Sorting, & Shipping Cost to Landfills & Africa; Machines Are Learning to Sort.

It is being more and more challenging to recycle plastic as business model.
Much of the plastic dropped in recycling bins isn’t being recycled.
The price of plastic has gone down.. Markets are depressed.
Landfills are filling up with plastic materials along other waste.
Good news is–waste companies are using machine learning to sort plastic from trash.

Top 10 Trends in the On-Demand Home Services Market in 2020; From Food Delivery & House Cleaning to Salon Treatments

Goods and Services are coming to home, COVID 19 has impacted going to stores and service providers
The Home Services Market is huge at $600B and the demand is increasing.
Consumers have become even more empowered simply by using cell phones & the Internet.
Amazon leads at least 6 other competitors as market surges.

Logistics Management Alert–Top Ten Lessons Learned From Watching Logistic Service Providers for Years

Whole industries and all those in logistics management who move goods and products should absorb these Ten Lessons.
This insightful and seasoned distillation of the realities of logistics and supply management is a must read.
In fact, the list should be saved, printed out, and posted on your office wall. And acted upon in mass.
These guidelines were shaped, positioned, and documented by the respected Louis Yiakoumi, Founder & Publisher of Auto Logistics Group.

Cookies Crumble. Revolutionary Shift from Google to Cause Loss of its Cookies; Creating Biggest Comm Upheaval in Decade; Code Will Drop From Browser.

Google about to loose its Cookies.
Google is dropping the use of Cookies. Cookies will disappear from the jar of ad resources in next 18 months.
Ad buyers are not  thrilled about Google Chrome’s decision, made under pressure.
Represents Breakup of Googles ad tech business;
Rising numbers of people are pushing to ban behavioral advertising entirely

New AI language-generating System, GPT-3, Produces Human-Like Text But Makes Errors & Generates Misinformation Causing Mistrust & Skepticism.

Now we have a Third-generation language prediction model that “writes” text.
Some say with amazing comprehension & inclusion of content; Others are skeptical & don’t trust output.
Suggestion is that with the next version of GPT-3, the imperfections and a algorithmic errors will be nil.
System GPT-3  learns text & how people use words in relation to other words. Many blown away.

Cities Consider Police & Public Safety Integration; Portions of Police Budgets Being Redirected to Public Safety, Not Defunded; Sunnyvale is Best Example.

Don’t defund Police budget, Instead combine police, fire, and public safety department.
Call the new integrated civic protection group. “Public Safety”.
Best example of how this would work is Sunnyvale, CA Dept of Public Safety.
Provides 3 services; Fire, police &  emergency medical services.

On The Bot Delivery Service Working On Sidewalks With Human Assist & City Policy Maker Sanction

You gonna share the sidewalk with Robot? The way or no way,
A lot seems to depend on City government collaboration & regulation.
Cities & Robot makers working to find the benefits & applications.
Allowing the bots to work on the streets along with scooters and ride hailing.
Kiwibots delivery bots are seeking to adapt to the needs of customers and city regulators.

Are Auto Dealers & The Franchise Business Model Dead Meat? (or at least Impossible Burgers)

Is the Automotive Dealer Business Model in peril?
Are changes in the way vehicles are being sold, the Pandemic, & technology signaling demise?
Dealers need to discuss how to adapt to an uncertain future where they will not have franchise protection.
Many say there is an urgent need to gather the industry leaders at or before NADA & come up with solutions.
Honest discussion & decisions based on either truly adapting & listening to the customers OR– simply selling out.
Some considering a Total Vehicle Management Offering that manages every aspect of consumer vehicles utilization.

Did You Encounter a Jerk Today? Refusing to Wear a Mask or Keep a Safe Distance; How To Handle Jerky behavior & Feel Good About Yourself

It is hard. Not to yell or confront someone who being a jerk about COVID19 or any situation.
The best thing to do is not to engage– and if you must do so carefully and in private.
You can make your point and maybe even prompt this person to change their behavior.
Be cool.-and you will feel better afterwards. Be thankful that you did it right.

Alexa Goes Along for the Drive Even Though Voice Recognition Systems Make Talking to Her Difficult; The Cloud, AI, & Machine Learning Can Fix That

Alexa can be difficult to talk to– Particularly in the Car. But Amazon Auto is on the problem.
The Cloud, AI and Machine Learning are focusing on Voice Recognition Systems in Autos.
Four OEMs are putting in new cars. Alexa is agreeing to go for ride and talk more.
Working off a menu makes her happy.

OPERATION RETRAIN AUTOMOTIVE: Can a National Program be Mobilized to Retrain the Automotive Industry Work Force during the COVID19 Pandemic?

Out of a Job – Ouch!
Are automotive industry workers going to find themselves untrained for new vehicle technology?
Need industry training of today’s workforce for the changes in vehicle repair & service?
Appears there is an emerging problem for skilled (and unskilled) automotive industry workers becoming not qualified to do their jobs Time for more tech training. COVID19 or not.

Auto Dealer Business Model Changed by COVID19; Surging Online Sales Option Becoming Primary Way to Buy a Vehicle; Dealers Waking Up.

Buy a Car Online- Deliver to your door just like dinner. That’s the way it is going.
COVID 19 fall out has dramatically changing the way people buy car & trucks.
A surging shift to Internet Retailing from going to showrooms & those dealer visits.
Carvana leads the “caravan” to online sales of people’s vehicles. Dealers scramble to compete.

Mark Cuban Now “Gets” Women, BLM, & Single Payer Health Care; Deems Citizens as Customers of Government Who Want More than Traditional Solutions”

The U.S is almost desperately searching for solutions to its citizens health care.
While many have programs and ideas, Mark Cuban seems to be actively probing for answers.
Asking –“OK, what have we seen that has worked? ”
“How do we get from here to where we need to be?” CLICK to Learn Significance of Mark’s involvement.

Shell Company Raises Capital to Underwrite EV Truck-Car Development Using Creative Wall Street Private Equity SPAC Funding Mechanism

Investors in the stock underwriting business community create shell companies that have no operations.
These transitory financial entities are called a SPAC or Special Purpose Acquisition Company.
Such financial structures are raising capital for investment in Nikola Trucks, Hylion, and Fisker Auto.
The SPAC is then transitioned to an IPO and placed on the Exchange for more investors.

Auto Loan & Lease Portfolio Data & Trends from Equifax Show Only Some Concern About Slowly Rising Delinquencies; No Stress or Duress

The financing and underwriting of auto loans and leases goes on- Pandemic or not,
The impact of the COVID19 shutdowns and dealership closures has not yet impacted the delinquencies appreciably.
Both Loan and Lease Portfolio companies have yet to become alarmed as funding digitization comes to rescue. Second Quarter numbers will be revealing.